A convicted gunman’s collection of expensive designer trainers are to be sold at auction by police to fund crime-fighting projects.
The 55 pairs of shoes, which include the brands Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Valentino, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo, were seized from 22-year-old Isaiah Hanson-Frost after he was arrested over a shooting in Gloucester.
Hanson-Frost was later jailed for six years and agreed to surrender his valuable trainers – except for any Nikes worth under £100.
Gloucestershire Police hopes the sale of the shoes will raise around £18,500 for the High Sheriff’s Fund, which funds schemes to prevent young people from getting involved in crime.
Detective Inspector Dave Shore-Nye said: “We often see the reason for someone to commit crime is down to their own personal greed and to make money.
“We are keen to put a stop to anyone who is living a lavish lifestyle which has been funded through crime and this shows the level Gloucestershire Constabulary will go to in order to strip a criminal of their assets and then put the money to good use.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said: “Money from the High Sheriff’s fund is used to support projects within the county that prevent, deter and divert young people away from criminality. It helps finance around 30 projects a year and a member of my office sits on the funding panel.
“Some of the money also goes towards the ‘Getting Court scheme’, an initiative which enables local students from 15 – 18 to attend Gloucester Crown Court and witness the effects of a real trial. The experience is not only educational but also shows the consequences of making the wrong choice later in life.”
Hanson-Frost was one of four men involved in the shooting at a car park on the Chase Lane Industrial Estate in Gloucester on 12 November last year.
CCTV cameras captured the group leaving a music event at the All Nations Club and attacking a blue Jaguar containing rival gang members.
Several shots were fired into the side of the Jaguar after it crashed into a parked car during the chase.
None of the victims cooperated with police but the suspects were captured on CCTV and DNA recovered from the gun used in the shooting was linked to Hanson-Frost.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and violent disorder and sentenced to six years imprisonment. The three others in his group, including his brother Zuriah, were also jailed after admitting violent disorder.
Hanson-Frost, of Millbrook Street, Gloucester, denied possession of criminal property but agreed to surrender his trainers to police at a court hearing last month.